Heart Foundation Tick under scrutiny

DOCTORS should be cautious in recommending products bearing the Heart Foundation's Tick, a leading nutritionist says.

In opposing viewpoints published online by the Medical Journal of Australia, the foundation defended its program, saying it had transformed food manufacturing practices.

Nutritionist Dr Rosemary Stanton (PhD), from the University of New South Wales, said consumers were misled by claims the Tick was 'awarded to' particular foods. 

"These must meet the Heart Foundation's criteria, but companies then pay to use the Tick," she wrote.

"Doctors should therefore exercise caution when